Turnbull Manufacturing Introduces New “BBQ” Boutique 1911s

Turnbull Manufacturing, known for (amazing!) boutique guns and restoration services has announced the release of the BBQ series of 1911 handgun. Not one to just make a handgun, all have a 24 karat gold inlay and serial numbers hand-cut into the frame.

The series offers four styles of engraving available on two frames (Government and Commander). “The Government and Government Heritage have a 5 inch barrel, WWI style sight with semi-circle notch, color case hardened frame or charcoal blued and a short, wide spur hammer. The Commander and Commander Heritage have a 4.25 inch barrel and a carbon steel frame. Both come finished with nitrided blue finishes.”

MSRP for the handguns starts at $5,000 (and likely goes way, way up).


Full Press Release Below:

Turnbull Announces New 1911 BBQ Series Pistols
Turnbull Restoration & Manufacturing Co. of Bloomfield, New York is proud to announce the introduction of a new line of 1911 pistols – the BBQ Series. These pistols are based on the classic 1911 design and feature Turnbull’s world renowned attention to detail and workmanship.

All of the styles have in common a 24 karat gold inlay of a crossed fork and spatula, the insignia of the BBQ Series and have a unique serial number that is hand cut with the BBQ designation. The Turnbull BBQ series of 1911s offers a choice of four styles of hand engraving on one of two frames. Each style offers the discriminating collector an opportunity to own a top quality pistol with classic engraving in the style that best suits the owner. MSRP on the BBQ Series starts at $5,000. All components are made in the U.S.A.

“The 1911 pistol has always held a special place in my heart,” commented CEO Doug Turnbull. “We felt that this was the exact time to really take that classic design and really make it a classic Turnbull. This is the first time we are offering four options of engraving across an entire line. These guns are really special.”

The four BBQ 1911 pistols are the BBQ Government, BBQ Government Heritage, BBQ Commander and BBQ Commander Heritage. All are .45 ACP and feature elk grips, solid one piece trigger, Turnbull Turning Bull Stamp and Doug Turnbull inspection stamp. All models come with 2 two-tone magazines.

The Government and Government Heritage have a 5 inch barrel, WWI style sight with semi-circle notch, color case hardened frame or charcoal blued and a short, wide spur hammer. The Commander and Commander Heritage have a 4.25 inch barrel and a carbon steel frame. Both come finished with nitre blue finishes.

The engraving options for the BBQ 1911 Series are:

Scroll: Derived from classic American scroll engraving from around the 1850s, this style features a bold flowing scroll, with single line shading, and classic punch dot background in the interior of the design to provide extensive clean coverage on our 1911 pistols.

Flare: A different type of engraving adorns our Flare cut series 1911s. Flare Cut consists of heavy, deep engraving cuts that meet together to form a bright sparkling pattern that has the look of heavily sculpted engraving. This style results in an intricately unique design which is also very durable.

Grape: Leaves and vines flow across the surfaces of the pistol. This style has deep roots in the history of engraving, having been used on firearms over the past several hundred years. Grape leaves, vines, and grape clusters alternate along the pistol, with fine line shading for depth and movement.

Colt: This BBQ engraving inherits its styling from the fine engraved Colt pistols of the early 20th century. This style features Colt style scroll with punch dot background, and fancy borders to accent the lines of the pistol.

Turnbull is known globally for the ability to take even the most damaged collectible gun and return it to its original look, feel and function. They also have new production firearms that incorporate the same quality look and feel as the collectibles they are famous for restoring.

Now in their 3rd decade, Turnbull Manufacturing has maintained a strong commitment to building firearms the way they used to be built. Founder and CEO Doug Turnbull is best known for his mottled color case hardening which stands out as the most striking and unique. Turnbull offers other reproductions as well as a full array of the finest and most respected restoration services in the shooting trade. Please visit us at www.turnbullmfg.com for more information.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • M.M.D.C.

    Mustard or vinegar?

    • mosinman


    • John Yossarian

      mayonnaise (Alabama white BBQ)

    • Nashvone


  • Bill

    Anybody, want to buy my wife? Car? House? Generally, I don’t go for “pretty” guns, but I’ll make an exception.

  • Jeff Smith

    As a chubby guy from Memphis, I’m extremely disappointed that this post had nothing to do with actual BBQ.

    • Jeff Smith

      I’d like the author of this article to know that he was responsible for me shamelessly stuffing this jumbo BBQ sandwich and order of fries into my face. I’m currently getting BBQ sauce on my phone while typing this.

      I’m going to go take a pork-induced nap now.

      • Mystick

        Thanks. NOW I’M HUNGRY!

    • highhammer

      Im more disappointed that ill probably never own one.

      • Jeff Smith

        Well, you can still own a BBQ sandwich. You’ll still have buyer’s remorse, it just comes a few hours later.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I could see myself using one of these to gun down a rival nightclub owner.

  • Vitsaus

    So much for trying to dispel the stereotype of the tacky American.

    • Cymond

      Sometimes it’s best to just get over your pride, embrace your “shame”, and steer into the slide.

      Me? I’m an unashamed, unapologetic weirdo in a plaid shirt, cargo shorts, socks and sandals.

  • Cal S.

    I was tempted to buy a Kimber 1911. Once.

    It had a shiny blue slide that was pristine enough for me to see my face in. Then I saw the price tag. Then I realized that I could never have nice things…

  • Don Ward

    Perfect for when you are Open Carrying at an All-you-Can eat barbecue ribs joint and you need to protect yourself from a squad of Muslim Ninjas..

    The only thing that can stop a badguy holding a gun is a goodguy holding a gun and a bucket of barbecue chicken wings.

    • David Sharpe

      BBQ Gun: An old term from the Southwest that refers to a gun that is not worn daily. It won’t have the scratches, wear marks, etc a daily wear gun would have. These guns were not something that were never used or “useless.”

      • Don Ward

        No, I guess I get the term even though I’m a Mossback Washingtonian. And obviously this is a Texan thing or Southern thing.

        It’s just, well, the grips look like someone smeared barbecue sauce on them with their stubby little fingers after downing a platter of baby back ribs. And they’re a $5,000 1911 that looks like someone smeared barbecue sauce over them. And because of that, one just paints a mental picture of the sort of guy who owns one.

  • Raoul O’Shaugnessy

    For those who don’t get the inside baseball joke, a “BBQ gun” is a flashy, stylish, expensive gun that you wear at social events like BBQ’s. It’s main function is as a ‘formal occasion’ or ‘dress up’ gun, much how a woman has a ridiculously expensive necklace that she keeps her in her safe and only wears at balls and other functions.

    • David Sharpe

      I want a couple.

      • Anonymoose

        Me too. That color case hardening is downright sexy.

    • John

      So it’s a bling gun. Ok, but why not go with the gold-plated Desert Eagle?

      • Cynic

        A bbq gun has to have class and refinement the gold desert eagle would be vulgar

  • Rog Uinta

    “All of the styles have in common a 24 karat gold inlay of a crossed fork and spatula”

    Seriously? Please tell me this is a joke. I understand calling them BBQ guns but this is just stupid.

  • John Yossarian

    Color case hardening looks damn sexy on a 1911!

  • Martin M

    I thought this had something to do with a certain group with a penchant for be-headings aversion to pork.

    • TheNotoriousIUD


      • Martin M

        Wrong head, but +1 anyway.

  • SirOliverHumperdink

    Seems Turnbull is on top of his game. To avoid bankruptcy, Colt should take notes and make these.